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Pumas head coach Ritchie sick of ties

June 11th, 2013 by jeff graham

The good news is that in seven games, the Kitsap Pumas have lost only twice.
The bad news is that the Pumas only have one win over that same span of games.
“I’m sick of ties,” Kitsap coach James Ritchie said on Monday, two days after his team recorded its fourth consecutive tie with a 2-2 result against Vancouver. “It’s number one in the nation.”
Kitsap (1-2-4) is the only Premier Development League with four ties. FC Tucson and CFC Azul each have three.
Against Vancouver, Kitsap outshot the Whitecaps 15-4. Vancouver goalkeeper Simon Thomas made several outstanding saves, including three in the final 10 minutes, Ritchie said. Kitsap also hit the crossbar.
“I think we were really the better team,” Ritchie said. “We just came up against a goalkeeper who was on.”
Note: Defender Marc Tonkel has joined the team and is expected to be eligible to play Saturday against Portland at 7 p.m. Tonkel formerly played for the Timbers U23s.

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